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Tested by DUNCAN CHARMAN


TESCO ROUSSAS BARREL AGED FETA

£2.18 for 200 gr
A three-month matured Greek cheese made from goats and sheep’s milk. Almost white in appearance and leaking a milky white juice. More pliable than at first thought and can be cut into pieces and hair-rigged, but can only be fished at close quarters. The texture does allow it to be made into a paste but the addition of breadcrumbs would help firm it up. It has a fresh but very salty taste that would appeal to most species. A very visible bait too.
SCORE: 24/30



BOURSIN

£1.91 for 150 gr
This soft cheese processed from full fat pasteurised milk is available with two additions, Garlic and Herbs or Black Pepper – great fish attractors. Very pale in colour with speckles of green created from the herbs it has a rich, sweet flavour with a hint of acidity. Creates almost the perfect paste which can be moulded around a paste cage but needs a little breadcrumb added to firm up to prolong its life. It’s firm enough to be placed directly on the hook but will not withstand a long cast.
SCORE: 25/30



BUTLERS FARMHOUSE RED LEICESTER

£2.50 for 250 gr
This creamy hard cheese has a distinctive deep orange colour and although it has a flaky nature it’s still firm enough to be carefully cut and mounted on a hair. It has a relatively high fat content which allows you to mould it into a nice paste ball. It has a delicate, sweet, full flavour which leaves a serious aftertaste. Like cheddar, younger, cheaper cheeses are often smoother and firmer making them more versatile for bait.
Well worth a look for most cheese eaters.
SCORE: 26/30



BLACKSTICKS BLUE

£1.88 for 150 gr
This blue cheese is a deep orange colour, which is created by the natural colour Annatto. It’s seriously strong having a huge amount of blue moulded veins. It’s a hard cheese with a sticky feel created by the ageing mould, and it’s slightly crumbly. However, it’s firm enough for pieces to be hair-rigged. It can also be easily moulded into a paste and has a tangy, spicy yet peppery flavour, which can only be great to entice fish, especially barbel. Mixed with cheddar it creates the ultimate paste.
SCORE: 27/30



TESCO TRADITIONALLY SMOKED CHEESE

81p for 125 gr
An Austrian processed cheese that comes in a sausage shaped package. With a rubbery texture and pale, creamy appearance. It has a very high fat content, and when moulded creates a very good paste. It has a rich, woody taste and is versatile as it can easily be cut into small shapes for hair rigging or used as a single larger bait. It can also be fished directly on the hook, and will resist a short cast.
SCORE: 27/30



TESCO LONG CLAWSON MATURE BLUE STILTON

£1.80 for 215 gr
Matured for 12 weeks this semi-hard cheese has a creamy yellow appearance with an abundance of narrow blue veins running throughout. It has a really light, digestible tangy, rich taste with a hint of a piquant aftertaste. It’s crumbly, yet firm enough to cut into larger pieces and hair-rigged but it will not withstand a firm cast. When it comes to creating a paste it’s fat content allows it to be easily moulded. A great all-round species catcher.
SCORE: 28/30



MCLELLAND SERIOUSLY STRONG CHEDDAR

£1.95 for 200 gr
This extra-matured cheddar has a spongy, pliable texture and is creamy yellow in appearance. It has a very strong taste, which set the taste buds off immediately. It’s very versatile as it can be placed directly onto the hook, hair-rigged or moulded effortlessly into a firm paste. Many properly cured cheddar cheeses are crumbly so younger smoother cheddars are often better. Mixed with a good quality blue it creates the ultimate paste.
SCORE: 29/30



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ILCHESTER MEXICANA

£2.08 for 260 gr
This cheese does exactly what is says on the package – bites back. A deep orange and yellow colour, it also includes red and green hot pepper pieces to create a tangy powerful taste, great for carp and barbel. Being tough to cut indicates it hasn’t been cured properly but this creates a very versatile bait as it can be cut into very small pieces allowing more than one piece to be hair-rigged as well as being easily moulded into a paste. A fantastic bait for all cheese eaters, including chub.
SCORE: 30/30

NOTE: All products tested August 2010. All prices correct at the time of going to Press. Angler’s Mail do not take responsibility for price or product changes or current availability.

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